Flying to Canada.
While, for an experienced pilot, doing this might not be a big deal, but for a new aviatrix, crossing any border is a challenge.
This past year, I’ve looked for any reason to fly.
First, I took my husband hours away for a pancake breakfast.
Then, I started flying to work and picking up hard-to-ship “project parts” for my husband along the way.
I spent a perfect spa weekend with friends at Kohler’s Resort.
And finally, I seized a day and flew with my son to an “Alma Mater” for a college tour.
Besides that, I have only flown in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana and Iowa
Due to the normal flying barriers of time, money and weather, the distance I fly from my home base has remained limited.
Yet the “circle” has grown and because of that I have gotten more at ease flying farther away from home.
So, with some anxiety, though mostly excitement, I am planning on flying to Canada to visit family for Canadian Thanksgiving!
getting comfortable flying farther from home
New Aviatrix Flying to Canada!
First of all, I scoured the internet for info about flying to Canada and watched hours of YouTube flight videos.
The AOPA website is a very good source.
Next, I sought advice from many pilot friends and fellow 99s.
He gave me a wealth of great information.
As a result, most of what follows is piecemealed from Ian Brown as well as AOPA.
It seems like I have my ducks in a row now.
Crossing Borders and Learning to Fly Further
Finally, all of the “legal” stuff for flying to Canada is done.
Therefore, my flight planning begins.
It’s nice to have a mission.
Uncomfortable? Yep. But I push myself for the simple reason that I know it’s the only way I’ll grow.
Certainly, my plane has become my teacher.
Nothing in my life has ever boosted my energy and spirit more than the excitement of going after something that I thought might be just beyond my reach. Whatever I have done in my life, including my plans to cross the Canadian border, above it all, I’ve found that working hard for a defined purpose has always taught me way more than I had expected. Consequently, I’ve learned to seek projects and adventures that are just a little bit bigger than me. Thus, when I finally get my head, heart and hands around whatever my goal is, the resulting smile you see is coming from every ounce of me.
I know I’ll learn something surprising from flying to Canada. I don’t know what it is yet. That’s pretty exciting!
Ask me how my flying is going and I’m sure I simply show you this:
Me with a big ‘ole smile!